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Obama faces hurdles at U.N. Security Council meeting
Obama faces hurdles at U.N. Security Council meeting

When he heads to the United Nations this week, President Obama will try to rally the world around military operations against Sunni extremists in Iraq, without invoking his predecessor's similar effort, which failed before the global body 11 years ago. The setting inevitably brings to mind President George W. Bush's months-long push to win U.N. backing for U.S. threats to use force against then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. That effort was captured in most Americans' memories by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell's famously flawed presentation purportedly showing evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Not surprisingly, Obama administration officials are not...

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